Environmental Quality | 206 W. Church St., 2nd Floor | P.O. Box 534045 | Grand Prairie, TX 75053
Phone 972-237-8055 | Fax 972-237-8228
The Environmental Quality Division reviews all commercial building permits and Certificate of Occupancies (CO’s). Environmental Quality reviews plans to ensure that public health is protected and to ensure compliance with federal, state and city ordinances.
A building permit is required for all new construction and any type of remodeling, renovations, rehabs, retrofitting, demolitions, additions, etc. Certificate of Occupancy inspections are required prior to applicants operating their establishments or facilities.
On all plan reviews, Environmental Quality looks for:
Environmental Quality permits and inspects the following types of businesses and facilities (click for fee information):
If you are opening a business in Grand Prairie, you must have solid waste services before a Certificate of Occupancy is granted. View commercial garbage collection and container requirements. Download an application for bag service or landlord verification letter.
Permit and inspection fees for the programs are as follows:
Licensed Childcare Centers
(Food establishments include alcohol establishments, restaurants, bakeries, meat markets, fish or seafood markets, deli, grocery stores, convenience stores, ice and water kiosks, food warehouses, food manufactures, etc.)
Itinerant Food Vendors (Flea markets)
Mobile Food Vendors include Ice cream, Pre-packaged, and Mobile Kitchens
Special Event Permit for Churches, Nonprofits, Grand Openings, School Events, and Festivals
*Note: Food permits are not issued for residential garage sales.
For more information on permitting procedures, please call Terri Blocker at 972-237-8461.
The City, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), has developed a brownfield redevelopment program designed to empower citizens and property owners to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields.
A cross-connection is a point in the plumbing system where the drinking water is connected to a contaminated or non-potable source. Contamination of the water supply results when the non-potable source backflows through the cross-connection into the plumbing system. For example, without a backflow prevention device, antifreeze from a heating system can backflow through a cross-connection and contaminate drinking water.
Backflow is the undesirable reversal of water flow potentially bringing contaminants into your drinking water system. The two types of backflow are back-pressure and back-siphonage. Back-siphonage occurs when there is reduced pressure in the drinking water supply line and is frequently caused by under-sized piping, plumbing repairs, a water main break, or activated fire hydrants. Back-pressure occurs when the drinking water system is connected to another, higher pressure system. Common causes are booster pumps and boilers.
The potential health hazard created by a cross-connection determines the type of device required for backflow prevention. The following are common backflow preventers, methods, and uses.
All new installations of backflow devices require a plumbing permit from the City's Building Inspection division. Only a licensed plumber/irrigator may install or replace a backflow prevention device. Environmental Services performs inspections and tests on all new backflow device installations. To schedule a test or for more information on backflow prevention devices, call 972-237-8055.
Environmental Site Assessments
The Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) requires Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) for commercial and industrial real-estate purchases. CERCLA states that landowners are financially liable for all environmental problems associated with the storage or release of a hazardous substance on their property. An ESA is conducted to:
The City's liquid waste ordinance was passed in 1986 and regulates the generation, transportation, and disposal of liquid wastes, i.e. grease traps, sand/grit traps, chemical toilets, and septic system wastes.
Petroleum Storage Tanks
Petroleum Storage Tanks (PSTs) are most frequently used to store gasoline, diesel, and oil. Products may be stored in aboveground tanks (ASTs) or underground tanks (USTs). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates approximately 1.1 million federally regulated USTs are buried at over 400,000 sites nationwide.
Leaking ASTs have the potential to contaminate soil and surface water. For this reason secondary containment in the form of a structural containment area or double-walled tanks is required.
All PST installations and UST modifications or removals require a building permit from the Building Inspections Division. If TCEQ registration is required, proof of registration must be submitted prior to installation of tanks. A Preliminary Bulk Storage Tank Report and Tank Information Report and a copy of the TCEQ Construction Notification must be submitted for all UST modifications and removals.
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans are required if fuel and oil storage capacity exceeds 1,320 gallons aboveground or 42,000 gallons underground.
Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA)